Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger responds to lack of leadership claim

The Frenchman denies that his team lack leadership.


Arsene Wenger has claimed that Arsenal have a leader in every single position amid growing suggestions that they lack an authoritative figure on the pitch, as quoted by the club's official website.

The title-chasing Gunners have come under fire in recent days after losing 3-2 to an inexperienced Manchester United side at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

It has plunged their Premier League title bid into serious doubt, with Leicester City five points clear of them at the summit, while Tottenham Hotspur sit three ahead in second.

A whole host of former Arsenal players have condemned the current generation's lack of steel following the defeat at United, but Wenger denies that his team is devoid of leadership.

"In a collective psyche you always think you need a saviour when you have a bad result. We have won big games this season, many big games with exactly the same players. I don’t feel that I lack leaders," he told

When asked who his leaders were, the Frenchman added: "The team. In every position. The players lead and we try to develop that with our work. Our job is to have a leader in every position."

The North Londoners have not won England's top flight in 12 years, when the legendary Patrick Vieira captained the Invincibles to Premier League glory in 2004 - without losing a match.

That generation included the likes of Martin Keown, Sol Campbell, Gilberto Silva and Dennis Bergkamp, and the modern-day Arsenal certainly seem to lack a vocal presence on the field.

World Cup-winning defender Per Mertesacker is arguably one of the most experienced players in the side, though on Sunday he was dropped for Gabriel, who was arguably culpable for the concession of United's first two goals.

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